Founding Winemaker, Domaine Boutinot
Eric is the man who heads our winemaking team in the Rhône. First and foremost Eric is a thoroughly good bloke! We’re not sure there is an exact French translation for this compliment, but even if there were, Eric would probably respond with a Gallic shrug and his usual self effacement.
Eric is driven and passionate, as well as being easy company, with a ready smile and a great sense of fun – but he’s also very good at what he does. With a first degree in physics, chemistry and biology from Besancon University, and a Masters in Oenology from the University of Reims, he knows his stuff. His experience at the Champagne House Louis Roederer, and later in Burgundy where he worked for Bouchard Père et Fils in Beaune and William Fèvre in Chablis, shines through when you see him in action: put half a dozen “blind” wines in front of him and there is no doubt that this man has a great palate, an inquisitive character and a very systematic intellect.
Stand Eric in a vineyard and note his deeply impressive observational skills. Watch him in the cellars and you will see a talented wine maker, with a phenomenal work ethic.
Today Eric divides his time between the winery in Cairanne, and visiting growers and winemakers throughout the Rhône, advising them on every aspect of the process, from when to harvest, right down to the final blend. His ability to make great wines – especially the reds for which this region is famous – is the reason we call him “Eric le Rouge”!